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Bernardo Silva: Ballon d’Or Favourite After Exceptional Season?

After winning the UEFA Nations League player of the tournament, could Bernardo Silva be in the running for the Ballon d’Or award?

It would be fair to say that Silva has had a remarkable season, he’s won three trophies with Man City and now been a part of the winning Nations League team. However, the Premier League have overlooked the 24-year-old and have shown to be more in favour of Sterling’s efforts and Van Dijk.

It is now being discussed to who will win this year’s Ballon d’Or award and understandably, Silva’s name is in the mix. 

Virgil Van Dijk is set to be favourite to win the award after his impressive season and a Champions League win. Lionel Messi is also in the running, which is standard. Now that Silva is being recognised for his efforts, maybe the City star will earn another trophy for his collection.

When Bernardo won the Nations League player of the tournament, teammate Ronaldo didn’t seem too impressed, maybe he expected the award himself but if Silva also takes home the Ballon d’Or, how will 5-time winner Ronaldo take that news? 

Personally, I think it’s about time a City player won the award as they have been looked over for years. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man United and even Leicester have all had more recognition from the French award officials than City have had in a decade.

The closest that a City player has been to take this award home was Kevin De Bruyne last year when he came in 9th place. So can Bernardo Silva set another City record by getting further up that list or even topping it? I really do hope so, I’m just not convinced that he will get as much of a look in as others, after he’s already won one award for his individual efforts this year and several team awards.

Have Man Utd Lost Their X Factor To Man City in The Transfer Market?

Growing up as a football fan, Manchester United were always at the top of their game and the team that seemed to win everything, get every player they wanted and be the club that everyone wanted to play for.

Fast forward to 2019 and after a disappointing 6th place finish in the Premier League, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now finding it difficult to strengthen his squad.

The Red Devil’s missed out on a Champions League spot and this is one reason why some players don’t want to sign for the club. Harry Maguire is one player that United have been interested in. When Jose Mourinho was in charge, he showed some interest in the 26-year-old but was told by United that he wasn’t deemed “value for money.” Leicester have said that they would be looking for around £85 million for their defender.

However United doesn’t seem to be the best option for Maguire as he has previously said that he would like to play in the Champions League and with the Red Devils not qualifying, this may give him a reason to look at Man City instead. With Vincent Kompany moving on from the blues, City are in search for a replacement. Not only would Maguire fit that part, it would give him the chance to play in the competitions he wants and be part of a successful City side. Given the option now, who wouldn’t want to play for Man City?

United have also been rumoured to be interested in James Maddison. The 22-year-old is valued at around £60 million but, he has also had a look in from Liverpool and again, Manchester City. Again, if the midfielder was to move, he would also want more from a club in terms of the competitions they can offer. It looks as though Maddison wants to stay put at Leicester.

Then there’s more transfer talk for United but not with players coming in, with Solskjaer giving up hope. He supposedly had hopes of signing Jadon Sancho and Declan Rice but he is “reluctantly accepting” that the two are out of his grasp. West Ham star, Rice, has become a Premier League favourite but, he only signed a new deal in December suggesting that he isn’t ready to move on. The Red Devil’s were watching 19-year-old Sancho but the Bundesliga side, Borussia Dortmund, are reluctant to sell the youngster.

With all being said, is it clear that City are now the team that kids are looking up to, and the next generation aims to play for.

Forget Chilwell: Man City Should Be Looking At These Two Players Instead

With football, all wrapped up for the season, except the women’s World Cup. The options for fans of the domestic game are the transfer window and love island.

With no football, transfer rumours become more and more sought after. Following on from a conversation between Pep Guardiola and Leicester City’s Ben Chillwell on the pitch, it only right to link the two together in this crazy offseason.

Chillwell however, has been linked with Man City in the past following Mendy’s injury worries and Zinchenko’s inability to fully place his marker as the number one full back.

So assuming if you are here reading this, you are interested in what players Pep is going for this season, here are two players I’d like to see Manchester City go for…

Matthjis De Ligt

De Ligt has been named on every club’s wishlist this season, and while most of the talk has been for him going to the other Manchester club, with Kompany leaving the club, a world-class centre back would be a welcome addition.

Whether Manchester City will get involved in what will be a heated bidding war with a number of European clubs is a different question, but there is no arguing that the Ajax man would be a huge asset to any club.

Takefusa Kubo

There’s been a lot of talk around Joao Felix as a young striker who could make a name for himself at the club. However, I’d look elsewhere here, and suggest Takefusa Kubo, who turned 18 on the day this was written and could be an excellent prospect.

He has been playing for senior sides at the mere age of 17, and is known as the Japanese Messi. Having had an excellent grounding in the Barcelona academy he could fit well into the City set up. Rumours are floating about that he wants to return to Europe and, there is bound to be big interest and big money for this potential future superstar.

Man Utd Target James Maddison Will Be 60m Wasted – Agree?

Reports are emerging that Manchester United are in pole position to sign James Maddison. With The Independent reporting that United have made the 22-year-old their new priority, and it will cost United £60m to capture Maddison’s signature should he decided to depart the King Power this summer.

Since his move to Leicester City from Norwich City for £20m in 2018, he has since has gone on to have an impressive season with Leicester City, creating more goalscoring chances than any other player in the league, and forcing his way into Southgate’s England squad.

I can see that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants young talented British players at United, but I don’t think that Maddison is the answer. I also can’t help but think that Maddison is the fall back option to Jadon Sancho. With Sancho staying put in Germany, Ole has turned to Maddison, which to me is quite worrying, as United are in a major rebuilding process.

I know Maddison is a young British player and I’m not saying he isn’t talented but I just think he’ll be another Wilfred Zaha, who was a good player at Crystal Palace, but once he made that step up to Manchester United he was out of sorts.

I think Maddison will be the same, he’s a key player for Leicester but will he’ll be able to replicate his form at United and will he be a key player, I don’t think he will.

Ole needs talented players who can step up to the plate, in order for the rebuild to be successful, and I don’t think parting with £60m for James Maddison which, in my opinion, is extortionate for a player of his calibre is part of the answer. Ole should splash out £60m on other players that will make a difference to the team.

Man Utd fans who would you like to see come through the Old Trafford doors?

Leicester City’s James Maddison, Matic & McTominay Would Dominate The World, Man Utd Fan’s React

It’s that time of year when there are a million different rumours going around about which players are moving to different clubs, sometimes the saying there is no smoke without fire can be applied.

The latest rumour doing the rounds on social media and, in the national news is Leicester City’s player James Maddison potentially on the move to Manchester United for a figure in the ballpark of 60 million pounds

Maddison last season topped the charts for the most chances created, not only in the Premier League but across Europe. With Man United lacking in opportunities during the latter stages of the season, this type of homegrown player could fit Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s bill perfectly

We took to Twitter to look at the reaction to this news from Man United fans, Leicester City Fans and the football world, in general, to see if you guys thought it was going to happen and which club was getting the better deal?

TRANSFER CHAT: Man City Bid Rejected for Lyon’s Ndombele, Here are Two Alternatives Pep Should Go For Instead

The Premier League trophy is still cooling down after being passed around a jubilant Man City team, and Pep Guardiola is already planning for next season’s title hunt.

Man City for the past two seasons have been a level above everyone else, albeit just this season as Liverpool pushed the Champions close. Pep knows the hunting pack are going to be upping their game in the close season, and have started to act swiftly in the transfer market that opens today.

Knowing that midfield general Ferdandinho is hitting the twilight years of his career, the need to look for a replacement is high on the priority list. Especially with a possible transfer window ban looming above the Etihad.

The man they seem to be targetting is Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele. The international is creating interest from Europe’s top clubs, hence the quick action taken by the Citizens.

However, Lyon were quick to reject a bid from the Premier League champions. The 45m rated defensive midfielder is one to watch, but Ndombele only arrived at Lyon last summer and could be a hard player to lure away.

Pep maybe should look at these two players instead as alternatives…

Wilfred Ndidi

The Leicester man has filled the hole left by N’Golo Kante a few seasons ago. the youngster has somewhat been under the radar in the Premier League, however, is one of Leicester City’s and the leagues top performing midfielders.

He has plenty of experience in the league and, in no time should adapt to moving a little further up north.

Idrissa Gueye

The Everton midfielder has been a revelation in the Premier League this season under Marco Silva, topping the defensive midfield charts, ahead of the aforementioned Ndidi.

The former Aston Villa man tops the table for the most amount of tackles across Europe in his position; He’s strong, has great anticipation and loves nothing more than breaking up the play.

A Bright Future Awaits For Leicester City’s Daniel Iversen Following His Oldham Athletic Loan

There’s an awful lot of luck involved in making it to the top of football nowadays. At this time of year, when clubs announce their retained lists a lot of players find themselves without a club, and can often drift out of the game.

Being out on loan gives players the chance to show what they’re made of and even if it means dropping a few divisions, at least they are playing in front of 4/5000 people instead of half a dozen on a training pitch.

I don’t know how far down the pecking order Iversen is at Leicester, but he is probably going to return to their under 23 side. Standing in his way, of course, is his fellow countryman Kasper Schmeichel who is likely to have a few seasons left as first choice ‘keeper.

It will not have escaped the notice of anybody looking for a new goalkeeper that Iversen, has had an excellent season with Latics and could easily play at a higher level. I would not be surprised if a Championship club made an offer for him before the start of next season.

The success of a goalkeeper, of course, is measured in how few goals they let in and although Latics were turned over a few times this season. Iversen’s overall contribution to the side was a positive one with the obvious highlight being his penalty save at Fulham, furthermore, in all competitions, he kept a clean sheet on 17 occasions.

By all accounts, Iversen was also extremely popular at the club and that will serve him well wherever he ends up at. Working your way up the pecking order at a big club is tough and given that there is so much at stake, the choice of who to place in goal is crucial.

A goalkeeper can often play well into his late 30’s, however, the 21-year-old still has the world at his feet. Wherever Iversen ends up, Latics fans will wish him well and hope that he has a long and successful career.

Harry Maguire is Back on Ed Woodward’s Radar, How Would the 40.5m Rated Leicester Man Improve Man Utd

Manchester United are reportedly back in the hunt for Leicester City’s centre back Harry Maguire, with the club looking like they have to top the 75m bid from last year.

Maguire’s stock rose after an impressive World Cup, which prompted the bid from then boss Jose Mourinho with the search for a centre back failing throughout the window. United once again are in the market for defensive reinforcements after a dismal campaign, missing out on Champions League football once again in recent years.

The standard of players United have in the back line is a far cry of the Vidic and Ferdinand days. Maguire is English and a defender that can play also – two major bonuses as they look to get a strong partnership like the one mentioned above.

Last season’s signing Victor Lindelof looks to have settled into the English game after his first full season of adaptation. With a defensive pairing of Lindelof and Maguire, it’s one that may not look strong on paper but two centre backs that have big futures ahead of them.

Solskjaer has to get away from the recent United tradition of signing big named players and look for them 7m Vidic’s, or the bargain-priced Steve Bruce’s of the footballing world. Albeit the market is completely different nowadays. You have to pay a premium for English players, so 75m may seem a bargain in today’s inflated market, especially when you look at rivals Liverpool’s recruitment in Virgil Van Dijk.

It may be hard to prize Maguire away from the Foxes following Brendan Rodgers taking over. The former Premier League champions have looked impressive under Rodgers and, pushed Man City hard on Monday night.

It sounds ridiculous nowadays that Leicester could be more attractive to stay at than going to United, but sadly that at the moment is a harsh truth many Red Devil fans have to deal with.

Man United fans, what do you think?

Is Maguire a missing part of the jigsaw for the Solskjaer?

Man United Should Go For These TWO Defenders Instead if De Ligt Rejects Summer Move

Ajax centre back Matthijs De Ligt has been rumoured to have rejected a 60 million summer move to Old Trafford, just at the time reds boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes his first attempt to rebuild United’s broken defence.

Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Huddersfield ended their hopes of a top-four finish meaning for the fourth time since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down from the Old Trafford hot seat, United won’t be playing in Champions League next season.

De Ligt’s Old Trafford snub means that Ole will have to turn to his Plan B options in defence. But who could they be for United as they look to rebuild their squad this summer?

We take a look below…

Harry Maguire

Perhaps not so much a left field option for United, but Maguire will know of the Reds interest, particularly after last summers wild attempt to steal the Englishmen from Leicester City.

Maguire looked the part on Monday night at the Etihad as his side were narrowly defeated 1-0 by reigning Champions Manchester City. This move would be seen as an upgrade for the Foxes men, particularly as Leicester don’t play Champions League or any European football. However, potentially having to go higher than the 75m bid last season, could put the Red Devils off. Whether Maguire would leave this new and exciting Brendan Rodgers project at the 2016 champions could be very doubtful.

Ben Godfrey

The Norwich man has already appeared on www.thefootballmancave.com site before as a potential United signing. Ex-player Rio Ferdinand has already called for club officials to make a move on Godfrey this summer.

The 21-year-old is believed to have sounded a move away from Carrow Road and United could be an offer impossible to turn down. A young British defender with great potential, he hasn’t missed a minute of Championship action since December.

However, whereas with Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli, United wouldn’t be signing proven talent at the top level. This approach to the transfer market mirrors signings of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones back in 2010 and 2011. This is something Solskjaer will have to consider. Whether signing proven world-class talent or younger players blessed with potential.

Captain Fantastic Kompany Strikes Once Again For Man City

It seems to be a reoccurring theme in a Man City title run-in, a Vincent Kompany goal when his team needs it the most – and what a goal too.

Man City huffed and puffed against a tough and revitalised Leicester side under Brendan Rodgers, taking until the 70th minute to break down the Foxes and earned the all-important three points to take them back to the top of the Premier League.

Manchester City captain Kompany, a 5m signing back in 2008 under then boss Mark Hughes has been an ever-present figure in the team. He has seen the turn around for the Citizens and, played in the core of all three title-winning sides.

When they have needed him, he has always popped up with a season-changing goal, none more so memorable than the header against Man United which swung the momentum pendulum in City’s favour that day. Leading them to their first Premier League title of the modern era.

Following an emotional final whistle, they’ll be plenty of rumours around the Belgium international’s future. With what seemed a little bit of a cryptic interview afterwards, and a look of a man who was drinking it all in for one of the final times.

If and it’s a big if, as they’re no rumours to suggest Kompany is hanging up his boots or moving on to pastures new. No doubt he has once again written himself further into Man City folklore, with this 30-yard thunderbolt which has put the title firmly in City’s hands.

The passion and pure heart that Kompany has shown during his time at the Etihad is, something that when he does eventually move on, will be very hard to replace. Captain Incredible has once again shown the leader that he is, and his goal is the perfect rally cry to finish the job against Brighton on Sunday in the afternoon kick-off.